I don’t typically say “It’s on like Donkey Kong”. But I do maybe think it. It means you’re ready to throw down. Like, double throw down and get really serious about accomplishing what you maybe had already tried once or twice. I make a lot of rhyming phrases but not this one. But, I wondered, where did it come from?
Peter Hartlaub is the pop culture critic at the San Francisco Chronicle and he made a time line covering the most important moments in the history of this phrase up until 2011. Here are some highlights: